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Shelby Murphy

Board Member

Shelby Murphy is the Financial Administrator for ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.She is also involved at First Presbyterian Church and helps lead a Missional Community that partners with Solid Rock Christian Center.

Jeresneyka Rose

Food Pantry Coordinator

Jeresneyka (Jeh-Reh-Snay-Kah) Rose, known as Rizzo, is a self-taught visual artist and community advocate who originates from Brooklyn, New York. The first-generation American was raised in Southeast Colorado Springs, CO. She thrives off of allowing her creativity and passion to be incorporated within community. Her main objective is to obtain a position where she can grow as an artist, support, positively influence and affect change for the community, and promote multiculturalism, diversity, equality, and respect.

Jesse Butler

Board Member

Jesse Butlerworks for Arrowhead Spa and Pool and subcontracts for Big Air Jumpers. Jesse is a student at Pikes Peak Community College and has earned his spot on the Deans List for Associates of Applied Science in Business Management. Jesse is a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Latrina Ollie

Youth Coordinator

Latrina Ollie is a lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, CO. She grew up in the Pikes Peak Park area. She attended D2 schools until she graduated from Harrison High School in 2004. Latrina is the owner of Quar Notary LLC. 

Latrina is passionate about community engagement and changing the image of Southeast Colorado Springs. In 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic she and a former classmate started organizing community clean ups and neighborhood events to promote togetherness and safety. 

Latrina is a loving mother of 4 and wife to Marcus. Her family loves to travel and play sports together.

Current Projects

In the Southeast
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Fresh Start Investment Program is a business development, entrepreneurship, and personal development training program that supports the formerly incarcerated to become successful entrepreneurs and employees. We transform our Investors-In- Training (IIT’s) to own profitable and thriving businesses in SE Colorado Springs and to become better citizens in our community.

This program was initiated through the Transforming Safety Bill of Colorado.The Transforming Safety project invests in North Aurora and Southeast Colorado Springs to support community development through small business loan and grant programs. The project uses a new safety framework that focuses on preventing crime in the first place by:

  • Focusing on economic and community development in specific neighborhoods more impacted by crime and justice system involvement
  • Empowering local community members to identify priorities and solutions
  • Providing funding to the community
  • Using a private sector approach that braids both for-profit and non-profit strengths

The Fresh Start Investment Program will impact SE Colorado Springs by revitalizing the community through small business development and programs and services which promote personal growth. By offering small business training and mentoring, we provide a fresh start to individuals that will enable them to become business owners and revitalize community. We invest in leadership development which enables our IIT’s to take ownership and become managers of their lives and to make wise decisions.

Fresh Start Investment Program addresses the limited access to education, skills training, and economic opportunity for men, women, and youth with criminal histories by creating empathy and providing hope, hands-on mentoring, community support, and a clear path to economic security through employment or entrepreneurship.

We partner with Pikes Peak Small Business Consultants, Thrive Colorado Springs, WeighOut Ministries, Pikes Peak Work Force Center, Harrison School District 2, Rise Coalition to assist us in making this program successful. We will also partner with Faith-based Organizations and past offenders as volunteers in our program. Our Fresh Start Investment Program will promote personal and economic opportunities for past offenders of Colorado Dept. of Corrections.

For more information about this program, send us a message or call 719-393-7625.

Healthy Places: Designing an Active Colorado is a community led initiative to build upon current assets and identify new possibilities for increasing physical activity by addressing barriers to health through the built environment. Southeast Colorado Springs was selected through a competitive RFP process as one of four communities to participate in an Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Service Panel funded by The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF). The panel and subsequent report served as the platform for a recent $1 million grant award from TCHF to implement recommendations that will improve health and physical activity in Southeast Colorado Springs.

Although Southeast Colorado Springs has faced years of disinvestment and underrepresentation, things are beginning to change. There are many individuals and organizations who have been working tirelessly to build on the community’s assets and strengthen the neighborhood from within. The neighborhood has many points of pride including its diversity, of cultures, incomes, religious affiliations, and perspectives.

The Solid Rock Community Development Corporation (CDC), El Paso County Public Health and the Resilient, Inspired, Strong and Engaged (RISE) Coalition are the core organizations involved in moving forward with one of the key recommendations, the development of a Community Hub at Mission Trace. The Hub is envisioned as a destination and a place where the community can come together in Southeast Colorado Springs. It is envisioned that the Community Hub will be a catalyst for additional investment in the area. Services provided by the Hub may include housing, transportation, local businesses, community activities and opportunities for physical activity. A location within a largely vacant shopping center has been identified for the Hub and the property owner is amenable to the idea. There is strong support from the City of Colorado Springs and the community for this project to happen.

According to conversations with the project team, significant outreach has been done to date and the community is eager for action.

John Conaway

Board Member

John Conaway is a retired Editor of various Christian organizations in Colorado Springs.He served at First Presbyterian Church as elder, deacon, and teacher.John is committed to the mission of Solid Rock Community Center and the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation as partners of First Presbyterian Church.He has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1995.

Our Investments

In the Southeast

Business Development

Solid Rock CDC community economic development efforts are targeted to assure that the development of businesses and jobs for SE Colorado Springs align with the economic growth, development and jobs of Colorado Springs. We believe that it is essential that the economy of the SE move from one of high levels of government support to sustainability from increase jobs and improved community infrastructure.

Most individuals in the Southeast who are entrepreneurial and want to start small businesses may not have a healthy credit rating, or may lack business experience, or do not have a business plan. These limitations likely result in a funding organization not approving loans for these individuals. Solid Rock CDC can provide business plan support, fiscal management and researching capabilities, entrepreneurial training and follow-up, thus increasing the likelihood for business success for the Southeast residents who receive our services.

Infrastructure Development

Solid Rock CDC is committed to partnering with city government, Colorado Springs Community Economic Development Division and organizations to improve the quality of the urban environment and infrastructure in the communities we are part of. Solid Rock CDC goal is to provide attractive living and working environments to improve the quality of life for SE residents. Solid Rock CDC aims to bring an end to decades of concentrated poverty on SE Colorado Springs through strategic and cooperative community transformation investments.

We plan to achieve this by initiating a new era in our community development efforts through a strategy of investments that focus on:

    1. Building a self-sustaining SE economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.
    2. Creating job opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty.
    3. Supporting policies and systems that help businesses and communities thrive.
    4. Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to promote economic, health
      and safety for individuals and communities

Affordable Housing

The implications of a crisis in housing affordability are well‐ understood by civic leaders from all sectors. 

The inability of people to attain housing:    

    1. Makes it difficult for workers to move to the area, which, in turn, exacerbates existing labor shortages
    2. adds stress to families and others who are forced to spend a disproportionately large share of their incomes on shelter (leaving less money for other essentials)
    3. frustrates efforts to build a diverse community with a range of household types and income levels.
    4. impacts negatively on individuals’ self‐ esteem, sense of security and dignity  in general, undermines the community’s social and economic stability .

We Invest

In the Southeast

We invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to promote economic, health and safety for individuals and communities

Solid Rock CDC community economic development efforts are targeted to assure that the development of businesses and jobs for SE Colorado Springs align with the economic growth, development and jobs of Colorado Springs. We believe that it is essential that the economy of the SE move from one of high levels of government support to sustainability from increase jobs and improved community infrastructure.

Most individuals in the Southeast who are entrepreneurial and want to start small businesses may not have a healthy credit rating, or may lack business experience, or do not have a business plan. These limitations likely result in a funding organization not approving loans for these individuals. Solid Rock CDC can provide business plan support, fiscal management and researching capabilities, entrepreneurial training and follow-up, thus increasing the likelihood for business success for the Southeast residents who receive our services.

Solid Rock CDC is committed to providing attractive living and working environments to improve the quality of life for SE residents. Safe and pleasing business areas will attract business owners and patrons, resulting in business growth. In a related matter, Solid Rock CDC supports the efforts of nonprofits and government agencies to improve transportation between SE Colorado Springs and the rest of the city.

A lack of affordable housing is a significant obstacle to citizens of SE Colorado Springs who are in the process of economic development. Because factors such as race, ethnicity, and social status put many SE residents at a disadvantage when seeking housing, Solid Rock CDC is committed to take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support.

Our efforts at small-business development will improve the economic status of those we will serve, and infrastructure development will help create an environment favorable to economic development. Nevertheless, successful progress in these areas will not automatically solve the housing needs of SE Colorado Springs because economics is only one factor in the housing crisis. Race, ethnicity, social status, and other factors put many people at a disadvantage when seeking housing. Therefore, we will take the initiative in establishing relationships with landlords, developers, community organizations, and government agencies to address the need for affordable housing in SE Colorado Springs. We will be active advocates for people seeking housing, assist them in the search process, and provide ongoing help and support. Solid Rock CDC does not intend to become a landlord. Instead, the CDC will be an agent of help and support for individuals and families who need affordable housing so that they can become thriving members of SE Colorado Springs.

We Build

In the Southeast

We Build a self-sustaining SE economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.

We Create

In the Southeast

We Create job opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty.

We Support

the Southeast

We support policies and systems that help businesses and communities thrive.

Demitta Clausell-Reese

Board Member

Demitta Clausell-Reese is the Cultural Development Training Coordinator and Facilitator in the Staff Development and Care Department for the The Navigators. She is also an assistant pastor at Solid Rock Christian Center. Demitta is also a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Wanda G. Anderson

Board Member

Wanda Anderson is an attorney and the Director of Corporate Affairs & Risk Management for The Navigators.She also serves as the Associate Pastor at Solid Rock Christian Center.

Business Development

In the Southeast

Solid Rock CDC community economic development efforts are targeted to assure that the development of businesses and jobs for SE Colorado Springs align with the economic growth, development and jobs of Colorado Springs. We believe that it is essential that the economy of the SE move from one of high levels of government support to sustainability from increase jobs and improved community infrastructure.

Most individuals in the Southeast who are entrepreneurial and want to start small businesses may not have a healthy credit rating, or may lack business experience, or do not have a business plan. These limitations likely result in a funding organization not approving loans for these individuals. Solid Rock CDC can provide business plan support, fiscal management and researching capabilities, entrepreneurial training and follow-up, thus increasing the likelihood for business success for the Southeast residents who receive our services.

Chelsea Gaylord

Board Member

As the Economic Development Project Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, Chelsea’s role is to promote investment, job creation, entrepreneurship, and business expansion in Colorado Springs. Prior to joining the City’s Economic Development Division in 2017, Chelsea worked with various-stage startup companies and utilized skills in community development, health promotion, and entrepreneurship to assist companies and communities in realizing their potential across the U.S. and East Africa.

Demitta Clausell-Reese

Board Member

Demitta Clausell-Reese is the Cultural Development Training Coordinator and Facilitator in the Staff Development and Care Department for the The Navigators. She is also an assistant pastor at Solid Rock Christian Center. Demitta is also a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Marie Whitehead

Board Member

Marie Whitehead hails from Los Angeles, CA and is a retired 20 year Air Force veteran.  She was  a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

John Conaway

Board Member

John Conaway is a retired Editor of various Christian organizations in Colorado Springs.He served at First Presbyterian Church as elder, deacon, and teacher.John is committed to the mission of Solid Rock Community Center and the Solid Rock Community Development Corporation as partners of First Presbyterian Church.He has been a resident of Colorado Springs since 1995.

Jessie Butler

Board Member

Jesse Butlerworks for Arrowhead Spa and Pool and subcontracts for Big Air Jumpers. Jesse is a student at Pikes Peak Community College and has earned his spot on the Deans List for Associates of Applied Science in Business Management. Jesse is a resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

Infrastructure Development

In the Southeast

We plan to achieve this by initiating a new era in our community development efforts through a strategy of investments that focus on:

    1. Building a self-sustaining SE economy that is connected to the larger regional economy.
    2. Creating job opportunities to bring individuals and families out of poverty.
    3. Supporting policies and systems that help businesses and communities thrive.
    4. Invest in businesses, housing and other community infrastructure to promote economic, health and safety for individuals and communities

George Houston

Board Member

Prior to joining the Center for Creative Leadership in 2001 George held several leadership roles in business and industry. As a high school principal in Colorado’s School District Eleven he led a national school reform movement known as block scheduling. As a human resource manager for the Deluxe Corporation George was the inaugural chair of the Deluxe Diversity Advisory Council. George served the state of Colorado in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as the chair of the Civil Rights Commission. He also demonstrated leadership in the faith community as executive and youth pastor of a local ministry.

George is the Global Markets Design and Delivery Manager at the Colorado Springs campus responsible for overall strategic utilization of internal and On-Call faculty.

He has over 25 years of community service that include the Center for the prevention of domestic violence, Ronald McDonald House, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a USATF sports club, Speed, Inc., and Atlas Preparatory School.

Chelsea Gaylord

Board Member

As the Economic Development Project Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, Chelsea’s role is to promote investment, job creation, entrepreneurship, and business expansion in Colorado Springs. Prior to joining the City’s Economic Development Division in 2017, Chelsea worked with various-stage startup companies and utilized skills in community development, health promotion, and entrepreneurship to assist companies and communities in realizing their potential across the U.S. and East Africa.

John Rogerson

Board Member

John Rogerson has served as an administrator in Harrison School District Two for 15 years.  He has been a principal and is one of Harrison’s Dual Superintendents. He was the Principal of Fox Meadow Middle School and Giberson Elementary School. Prior to coming to Harrison, he was an Instructional Coordinator for gifted and talented students, social studies and science in his district in Illinois.  Mr. Rogerson taught middle school science and language arts before moving into administration. As Principal of Fox Meadow Middle School, he guided the school to being recognized as a Center of Excellence by the state of Colorado. Mr. Rogerson has more than 22 years of experience in education in varied settings.

Mr. Rogerson has been married to to his wife, Dr. Lana Rogerson, D.C. for over 34 years. They have two grown sons and a daughter–in-law. His hobbies include writing, the performing arts, and hiking.

Shelley Crouch

Board Member

I grew up in the cities of the mid-west in a non-believing home.  At 17 I came to the Lord through friends and teachers at school.  The next year I felt a strong call to missions.  I studied Elementary Education at Nyack College where I met my husband Tim.  We lived and worked in Russia for 15 years.  I was involved in church and leadership development as well as working with women and teens at risk in Moscow (and later Istanbul). This work contributed to the development of a health and well-being program taught to students in Moscow high schools.  I also worked alongside Russian colleagues to create life programs and empowering for teens and women. 

In 2011 we transitioned to a new role with the C&MA as Regional Director Couple.  We moved to Istanbul with responsibility for families serving in five countries, whose work include leadership development, humanitarian aid and community development initiatives.    We provided care for these families, resources to connect and empower their service and assisted with strategic planning.  I also worked with trafficked women in this city.

In 2014 we returned to the States to work at the C&MA National Office.  I began a MA in Global Development and Social Justice at St. John’s University in Queens finishing in 2015.  I currently teach at a language immersion school as well as proctor an online World Missions course.  I am also involved in research, consulting and speaking on various social justice issues.

We have four adult children living throughout the US.

Ben Anderson

Executive Director

Pastor Benjamin Anderson has been working in Southeast Colorado Springs community for 15 years. He has collaborated with many different non-profits and faith-based organizations to impact Southeast Colorado Springs. Pastor Ben retired from the Army with a distinguished career and a very successful profession in the business arena. He is a former prison chaplain, started Colorado Springs Music and Arts Center and now Solid Rock Community Development Corporation. Pastor Ben is also Senior Pastor of Solid Rock Christian Center.

Tony Exum Sr.

Board Member

Tony Exum has lived in Southeast Colorado Springs for more than 60 years.  After serving more than 35 years as a firefighter with the CSFD, rising to the rank of Battalion Chief, Exum retired in 2010. He then won election in 2012 to serve in the Colorado House of Representatives, as the representative from District 17 – covering Southeast Colorado Springs.  Rep. Exum won election again in 2016 and 2018. Tony Exum is a volunteer basketball coach, and a community advocate–championing the needs of working families both in the community and at the Capitol. Exum is a father of two sons, Tony, Jr and Jauquien, and grandfather of 4.

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Solid Rock Christian Church

Solid Rock Christian Center is called to proclaim the Gospel of Christ and to inspire in all persons a love for Christ and each other, a passion for righteousness, and a consciousness of their duties to God and each other.

Developing and investing in people through training, equipping, empowering and mobilizing them to impact the community, city and world for Christ.

Relationships

We invest in the lives of others. We share each other’s burdens and rejoice in each other’s victories. We consider others more important than ourselves.

Biblical Worship

We glorify God and experience His presence through corporate and personal worship that is God centered, life changing and based on biblical principles, resulting in expressions of love, gratitude, honor and service.
Community
We intentionally facilitate serving our community environments where we encourage, challenge, and serve to impact our community as a reflection of the church. We hold each other accountable in the process of spiritual growth and Christ like relationships.

Biblical Teaching

We lead people out of a deep conviction and commitment to God’s Word, so that together we grow in our love and application of it. We believe in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for all Believers and that the Holy Spirit verifies and validates the Believer as part of the Body of Christ. We believe that it is God’s desire that all believers live under the “Divine Direction” of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the filling of the Holy Spirit is an ongoing ministry of the Spirit in the life of the Believer, that enables the Believer to live a life of power, victory, and glory to God

Complete Love For All

We believe the church should be a place of openness, honesty and loving relationships, that we should be people of integrity and honesty in all that we do. We seek to demonstrate God’s love to all people regardless of race, gender, identity or class. We believe how we treat, immigrants, refugees, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the prisoner, the homeless is how we treat Jesus Christ.

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